Sunday, May 06, 2012 7:26 PM
I have installed Windows 7 Ultimate on a standalone computer. I followed instruction on how to create local group policies in the MMC. I created one for a specific use and one for the administrator. I started by setting some basic options in the user one and check to see if they were apply with no success. I switched to the administrator GP and just enabled "Remove Games from the Start menu". This did not work even after I rebooted. I have tried two different computers with no success.
Do I need to enable something for these profiles to apply?
Sunday, May 06, 2012 7:54 PM
Have you started mmc with priviledged rights (Run As Administrator)? Is there any trace in Event log? Have you tested the resulting policy?
Monday, May 07, 2012 12:57 PMI ran the same scenario on another computer this time making sure I ran MMC as an administrator.
I could not find a trace in the Event log that pertained to the group policy.
I'm not sure by what you mean "Tested the Resulting Policy", coul you elaborate?
Here is the proceedure that I followed:
1) Opened MMC as administrator
2) Added Group Policy for Local Computer\Administrator - I'm a member of the administator group
3) Enabled "Removed Games link from Start Menu" under User Configuration\Administative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar.
4) Save the console and existed MMC
The start menu still contained the Games link. I rebooted and the link was still in the start menu. I performed a gpupdate /force and the link was still in the start menu.
Not sure what I'm missing. The last machine was part of an active directory. The previous two were stand alone machines not part of a domain or active directory.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 7:47 AM
I have a test with your procedure without reboot and get the opposite result. I think that the “link” of the “Remove Games link from Start Menu” means the Games link button in the Start Menu rather than the shortcuts under the Games folder.
You may reset the Local Group Policy to Default and then set again for testing.
How to Reset Local Group Policy to Default in Vista and Windows 7
Windows 7 Group Policy - Gpedit.msc
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- Edited by Ivan-Liu Wednesday, May 09, 2012 7:48 AM
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 8:02 AM
try run command gpedit.msc
this will open local group policy
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Wednesday, May 09, 2012 9:23 PMThanks, I will look into resetting it and see if I can figure it out.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 9:25 PMThe problem with gpedit.msc is that it affects all users. Ultimately, I wand to leave the administrator alone and only lock down certain users on the computer. And I want different levels of lock down between those user.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 10:49 PM
If your goal is to lock down users on a local computer, then I suggest you use permissions on the games you are interested in blocking instead. If you simply remove the Start menu links I think the intended users could still access those applications by browsing to the relevant application folder and running them from there. On the other hand, if you change the ACLs on the application or folder, they won't be able to run the app. Yes, the app might still appear in the Start menu, but that would do little good if the app won't run.
The other thing to note is that there are Start menu nodes for All Users and for specific users. You could remove the Start menu links for the apps you are interested in from the All Users folder and only include them under the Start menu folder for the intended user.
- Marked As Answer by Arthur XieMicrosoft Contingent Staff, Moderator Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:14 AM